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BP and Other Polluters Pay for Senate Campaigns

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Posted on Oct 26, 2010

The Guardian is reporting that some of Europe’s biggest polluters, including everyone’s favorite oil company, have given $240,200 in campaign donations to U.S. senators who, coincidentally, helped defeat climate change legislation.

It’s all legal, provided the cash originally comes from American citizens or residents.

See how BP spends its political money in the U.S. here.

The Guardian:

BP and several other big European companies are funding the midterm election campaigns of Tea Party favourites who deny the existence of global warming or oppose Barack Obama’s energy agenda, the Guardian has learned.

An analysis of campaign finance by Climate Action Network Europe (Cane) found nearly 80% of campaign donations from a number of major European firms were directed towards senators who blocked action on climate change. These included incumbents who have been embraced by the Tea Party such as Jim DeMint, a Republican from South Carolina, and the notorious climate change denier James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma.

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By Jaded Prole, October 28, 2010 at 7:44 am Link to this comment

BP has a direct interest in protecting itself by electing incompetent corporate puppets. After all, though our own corporate press doesn’t find it as newsworthy as teabagger coverage, people (not to mention everything else) are dying along the Gulf Coast from the toxic dispersants BP continues to use. BP is responsible for poisoning and entire region of our country for decades to come. See:
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/10/27-8

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By Rigor, October 27, 2010 at 8:40 am Link to this comment

http://articles.cnn.com/2010-05-05/politics/bp.lobbying_1_bp-center-for-responsive-politics-house-energy?_s=PM:POLITICS

And the list goes on & on, as do the double standards…. no shame to this game.

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By felicity, October 26, 2010 at 5:34 pm Link to this comment

And we dupes still believe that we all stand equal
before the law?  (That is one of the basic tenets of
the Constitution, isn’t it.) So, my $5.00 contribution
to a Senator in support of climate change legislation
is equal to the $5 million dollar contribution of a
corporation/person in favor of killing it?  Bull shit.

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By gerard, October 26, 2010 at 2:51 pm Link to this comment

Shocking excerpts from the Guardian report, in case some TDers don’t read the entire article:

“An analysis of campaign finance by Climate Action Network Europe (Cane) found nearly 80% of campaign donations from a number of major European firms were directed towards senators who blocked action on climate change. These included incumbents who have been embraced by the Tea Party such as Jim DeMint, a Republican from South Carolina, and the notorious climate change denier James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma.

The report, released tomorrow, used information on the Open Secrets.org database to track what it called a co-ordinated attempt by some of Europe’s biggest polluters to influence the US midterms. It said: “The European companies are funding almost exclusively Senate candidates who have been outspoken in their opposition to comprehensive climate policy in the US and candidates who actively deny the scientific consensus that climate change is happening and is caused by people.”

Obama and Democrats have accused corporate interests and anonymous donors of trying to hijack the midterms by funnelling money to the Chamber of Commerce and to conservative Tea Party groups. The Chamber of Commerce reportedly has raised $75m (£47m) for pro-business, mainly Republican candidates.

“Oil companies and the other special interests are spending millions on a campaign to gut clean-air standards and clean-energy standards, jeopardising the health and prosperity of this state,” Obama told a rally in California on Friday night.”

Looks like we need a new slogan:  WE WANT OUR EARTH BACK!

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